In response to the coup in Niger, the US has ordered the partial evacuation of its embassy.
Hundreds of foreign nationals have already been evacuated from the nation, and demonstrators attacked the French embassy on Sunday.
General Abdourahamane Tchiani, the leader of the coup, has issued a warning against “any interference in the internal affairs” of the nation.
In honor of Niger’s independence day on Thursday, pro-coup protests are anticipated.
This is true even when protests are officially prohibited.
The military junta that has taken over Niger has been urged by France, the former colonial power, to ensure the safety of their embassy.
Crowds attacked the French diplomatic mission on Sunday, prompting the country to organise evacuation flights.
Niger is located on a major migration route to North Africa and the Mediterranean. It is also a major producer of uranium.
According to the state department, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Mohamed Bazoum, the president who was overthrown, on Wednesday and reaffirmed US commitment to the restoration of Niger’s democratically elected government.
According to spokesman Matthew Miller, the nation’s embassy in the capital Niamey would stay operational in spite of the partial evacuation.